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This Week’s Sales for July 2nd, 2012

Get $10 off $50 at Beauty.com!

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • FAB: —
  • GILT:  Morgan Le Fay Fragrance (7/2)
  • HAUTELOOK:  Sibu (7/2), Skinn Cosmetics (7/3), Organic O2CH (7/4)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • MR. REBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), WEN (25%), Murad (12%), Skinstore (12%), DermStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%)
  • MYHABIT: Goldfaden (7/2), 29 Cosmetics (7/5)
  • Rue La La:  —

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Nordstrom 2012 Anniversary Sale – July 2012 – Beauty Exclusives, Sets, and GWPs

Nordstrom 2012 Anniversary Sale – July 2012 – Beauty Exclusives, Sets, and GWPs

As mentioned in the Anniversary Sale catalog I received this weekend.  Early access begins July 11th for Fashion Rewards members in-store and online; sale officially starts July 20th and prices go back up on August 5th.


  • Voluspa Anniversary Candle Trio ($29.00; $48 value) includes Laguna, Pink Citron, Persimmon OR Champagne, Pomegranate, Patchouli, Coeur de Cassis Candle
  • Jimmy Choo Anniversary Set ($120.00; $181 value) includes Eau de Parfum (3.3 fl. oz.), Perfumed Body Cream (5 oz.), and deluxe mini (0.15 fl. oz.)
  • Bottega Veneta Anniversary Set ($147.00; $220 value) includes Eau de Parfum (2.5 fl. oz.), Shower Gel (6.7 fl. oz.), Body Lotion (6.7 fl. oz.)
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist $40.00 ($57 value) for Deoderant/Antiperspirant Trio, $98.00 ($226 value) for Cashmere Mist Body Lotion Set with 32 fl. oz. Body Lotion and refillable 2.5 fl. oz. tube; $78 ($201 value) Cashmere Mist Body Cleansing Lotion Set with 32 fl oz. lotion and refillable 2.5 fl. oz. tube
  • Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf ($115.00; $177 value) for Bomblicious Body Lotion (6.7 fl oz.), Eau de Parfum Rollerball (0.34 fl oz.), Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 fl. oz.)
  • Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Anniversary Set ($80.00; $110 value) includes Cologne (1 fl. oz.), Body and Hand Wash (3.4 fl. oz.), and Body Creme (1.7 oz.)
  • MOR Body Butter Duos ($9.90; $32 value)
  • Angel by Thierry Mugler ($120.00; $204 value) includes Refillable Eau de Parfum Spray (0.8 fl oz.), Eau de Parfum Refill Bottle (1.7 fl. oz.), Perfuming Body Lotion (3.5 oz.)
  • Lancome Defining and Brightening Eye Collection ($80.00; $197 value) Defining and Brightening Eye Collection: blending shadow brush, dual-ended liner and shadow brush, shadow palette in Taupe Craze (5 shades), travel-size Aquatique Waterproof EyeColour Base, travel-size Cils Booster XL, travel-size Bi-Facil, full-size Définicils High Definition Mascara in black, full-size Color Design Eye Brightening Liner and full-size Le Crayon Khôl EyeLiner Pencil.
  • Giorgio Armani Anniversary Eye Set ($75.00; $110 value) includes full-size Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara, Eyes to Kill Intense Shadow #28, Acqua di Gioia fragrance rollerball, a Waterproof Eye Pencil in black and a deluxe sample of Regenessence Eye Serum.
  • Laura Mercier Touch Up Brush Collection ($60.00; $136 value) includes a complete qartet of professional travel brushes.
  • Laura Mercier Signature Color Essentials for Face, Eyes, & Lips ($80.00; $193 value) includes custom compact with full-size Cheek Color in Vintage Pink, two Eye Color Duets in Morning Dew/Primrose and Topaz/Kir Royal, All Over Eye Color Brush, full-size Caviar Stick Eye Color in Twilight, full-size Lip Glacé in Sweetheart, mini Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara in black, and deluxe travel-size Foundation Primer.
  • YSL Forever Youth Liberator Set ($135.00; $191 value) includes full-size Forever Youth Liberator eye cream (0.5 oz.) Serum (0.5 oz.), and deluxe-size Crème SPF 15 (0.23 oz.)
  • YSL Touche Eclat Anniversary Collectors Edition ($45.00) available in shades 1 and 2
  • Kate Somerville Get Gorgeous Kit ($98.00; $157 value) includes four Somerville360 Self Tanning Towelettes, four Somerville360 Face Self Tanning pads, ExfoliKate, 2 fl. oz., DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Repair, 0.5 oz., and Daily Detector Moisturizer SPF 20, 0.25 oz.
  • Bare Minerals In Fashion Best of Bare Minerals Color Collection ($54.00; $122 value) includes full sizes of Golden Gate Blush, Top Shelf READY Eyeshadow Duo, Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer, Prime Time Primer Shadow in Bronzed Twig and Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel, plus angled blush brush, mini Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara and a sample of Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.
  • Clarisonic MIA 2 Anniversary Neon/Mod Collection ($149.00; $194 value) available in Day Glo Green, Braziliant Orange, Shocking Pink, Pink-a-Go-Go Mia.Each Mia 2 comes with Deep Pore Cleansing and Sensitive Brush Heads, travel-sized Refreshing Gel Cleanser. Also $185 ($270 value) for Teal-Blue Opal + Anti-Aging Sea Serums; $235 ($305 value) for Glossy White Plus or Rock Candy Plus + Deep Pore Cleansing, Normal, Body, and Sensitive Brush Heads, travel-sized Refreshing Gel Cleanser and Refining Polish.
  • La Mer Signature Collection ($270.00; $325 value) includes Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Crème, 1.0 oz., Regenerating Serum, 0.5 fl. oz., and The Eye Concentrate, 0.17 oz.
  • Shiseido Future Solution LX Set ($130.00; $207 value) includes full-size Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream, 0.5 oz., and deluxe sizes of Ultimate Regenerating Serum, Extra Rich Cleansing Foam and Daytime Protective Cream, SPF 15, all in a cosmetics pouch.
  • Kiehl’s Sets — Powerful Moisture Restoring Set ($78.00; $122 value) includes Ultra Facial Cream, Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, Creamy Eye Treatment, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. Powerful Line and Wrinkle-Fighting Set ($98.00; $152.50 value) includes Abyssine Cream+, Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, Abyssine Eye Cream+, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Superfluid UV SPF 50+. Youth Regenerating Set ($110.00; $173.50 value) includes Rosa Arctica Rehydrating Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Midnight Recovery Concentrate Eye, Powerful, Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. Creamy Eye Treatment (1 oz.) for $47; Amino Acid Shampoo (33.8 fl. oz.) for $45; Creme de Corps (33.8 fl. oz.) for $64.
  • Philosophy — Purity Made Simple Duo includes 32 fl oz. and 8 oz. ($49.50; $84 value). Summer Grace Set: includes 32 oz. sizes of Shower Gel and Body Emulsion; 2 fl oz. of spray fragrance ($75.00; $154 value). Amazing Grace Set includes 32 oz. Shower Gel and Body Emulsion, 5.8 fl. oz. Satin Finish Body Oil Mist ($69.00; $137 value). Buy and save on 6 fl oz. shower gels – 1 for $7.50, 2 for $12, 3 for $15; 11 flavors.
  • Dior A Purple Revolution Collection includes Smoky Violet 3 Couleurs Smoky Eyeshadow ($48.00), Les Violets Hypnotizes Vernis ($23.00 each, available in Shadow, Poison, Orchid); Diorshow Extase Mascara in Plum ($28.50); Dior Draped Lilac Ultra-Gloss ($28.00).
  • NARS — Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette ($65.00; $107 value) includes Laguna, Albatross, Orgasm, Luster, Angelika, Gaiety. Love Rite Set ($55.00; $94 value) includes Turkish Delight, Greek Holiday Lipglosses, Calanque Eyeshadow Trio, Orgasm Illuminator.
  • Bobbi Brown — Bobbi’s Skincare Essentials ($62.00; $83 value) includes full-size Hydrating Eye Cream, travel-size Hydrating Face Cream and travel-size Soothing Cleansing Oil. City Twilight Collection ($80.00; $148 value) includes double-decker palette with four Eyeshadows, dual-ended brush, Pot Rouge, two Lip Glosses, full-size exclusive City Twilight Glitter Nail
  • Polish, deluxe travel-size Hydrating Eye Cream, full-size Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil and full-size black Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara.
  • Trish McEvoy — Power of Skincare Set ($185.00; $325 value) includes Full-size Beauty Booster Cream SPF 15, Beauty Booster Serum, Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads, travel-size Lash Enhancer Nighttime Conditioning Treatment, travel-size Beauty Booster Eye Serum, travel-size Gentle Cleansing Wash, and travel-size Vitamin C Even Skin Cream in a cosmetics bag. Raspberry Petite Makeup Planner ($145.00; $300 value) featuring Even Skin Portable Foundation Compact in shades 2 and 3.5, NEW Golden Tan Bronzer and NEW Innocent Blush, Delicate Pink Eyeshadow and NEW Paris Nights Eye Definer, NEW Thickening Mascara, NEW Classic Lipcolor in Perfection, travel-size Instant Eye Lift, travel-size Eye Base Essentials in Nude, Lip Liner in Barely Rose, and travel-size Intense Gel Liner.
  • Smashbox — Color Kit ($59.00; $150 value) includes Eyeshadow Quad, BLush Rush, Double-Ended Lip Enhancing Gloss, Photo Finish Lid Primer, Full Exposure Mascara, in fold over cosmetic bag. Travel-size brush set ($39.00); includes angled blush brush, tapered shadow, definer, and double-ended smudger.
  • Chantecaille Botanical Bestsellers ($196.00; $300 value) includes full-size Stress Repair Concentrate, 0.5 oz., Flower Harmonizing Cream, 1.0 oz., Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser, 1.01 fl. oz., and Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum, 0.01 fl. oz.
  • Clinique — Pretty in Pinks and Plums Set ($50.00; $116 value) includes travel-size All About Eyes, Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad, Different Lipstick in Raspberry Glace, travel- size Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Currant, full-size High Impact Mascara and Bottom Lash Mascara,and travel-size Cream Shaper for Eyes in Black Diamond, all in a purple cosmetics bag. Home & Away Moisture Surge Set ($60.00; $103 value) includes Moisture Surge in 4.2 oz. and 1.7 fl. oz.
  • MAC Illustrated includes Triple Feature Lip Bags ($39.50 each; available in Peach, Pink, Red, Nude); Brush Kit ($49.50; includes four brushes), Brush Kit ($49.50; includes five brushes), Smoky Eye Tutorial Kits ($49.50 each; available in Black and Plum).


  • Lancome (up to $113 value) with any Lancome purchase of $39.50 or more. Choose one deluxe moisturizer (High Resolution Refill 3x, Absolue Premium BX or Rénergie Lift Volumetry), choose one full-sized lipstick (Curtain Call or Designer Bloom), choose one shade eyeshadow palette (warm or cool), plus receive a deluxe Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara in Black and a Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. All, in a purple or black bag.
  • Estee Lauder (over $145 value) with any Estee Lauder purchase of $42.50 or more. Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, Advanced Night Repair, Sumptuous Mascara in black, Pure Color Lipstick, 10-pan lip compact and 10-pan eyeshadow compact. All in a cosmetics bag.
  • La Prairie ($133 value) with any La Prairie purchase of $300 or more. Cellular Hand Cream, 0.5 oz., Foam Cleanser, 1.7 fl. oz., Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, 0.17 oz., and Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, 0.1 oz. All in a signature white La Prairie bag.
  • La Prairie ($100 value) is an additional gift with any La Prairie purchase of $600 or more. Deluxe sample of Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, 0.34 fl. oz.
  • Clarins (up to $70 value) with purchase of two Clarins products (one must be skincare). Receive four beauty must-haves with bag, plus choose your personal anti-aging treatment.
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Consider a Self-Defense Course

Consider a Self-Defense Course

When it comes to personal safety, I’m pretty paranoid–neurotically so–and there are a lot of things I don’t do because I worry about some really crazy, off-the-wall worse case scenarios that have a 0.001% chance of happening. Some things are common sense: you don’t really want to be walking in a dark alley by yourself in the middle of the night; you don’t want to hitch a ride with someone you don’t know. But too often, we don’t take enough precautionary measures until something does happen. It’s like installing an alarm system after you’ve been robbed. I didn’t want to be that person. I also didn’t want my fear/paranoia to have so much control over my life–I decided to be proactive and take steps to learn more about what I can do to help myself.

Self-defense is not about getting into fights with others; it’s about doing what you can to avoid or extricate yourself from a bad situation, which ranges from general awareness of who you are, your surroundings, and your own abilities to being assertive (not to be confused with aggressive) and making yourself heard clearly to defending yourself from a violent attack.

The local course I took talked about a crime triangle: opportunity, target, and motive/desire. Our instructor said we can only control two of these: we can avoid situations or be aware of potential situations thereby lessening the opportunity, and we can make ourselves a harder target by being aware, changing body language (appearing more confident), and equipped with knowledge of self-defense. I think this is really what I liked most about the course, because it taught me that it’s about gaining knowledge to be in better control of your life.

The course I took helped me understand more about myself, my fears, and my abilities. We covered things like how to use our voice to be assertive so other people would take us seriously (admittedly, nobody in my life would say I have a problem talking or being assertive), how to escape out of wrist grabs, body grabs, chokes, and even some ground grabs/positions, learned what parts of the body are sensitive, and (as women) where our strength comes from. It’s never about fighting and going one-on-one; it’s always about getting out and getting to a safe place.

I’ll also say that actually having people grab you, choke you (not actually compressing windpipes, but the feelings and sensations of having someone’s hands around your throat), and the like is unnerving–but I know how it feels. I now know how it feels so it will be slightly less startling if happens in a real-life situation, and I know a few techniques that might help me escape from them. I continue to practice those techniques, because you want them to become automatic responses.  It’s no different than being aware of your surroundings: how well lit is the area, what time will I be leaving, will I be alone, etc.  The more second nature the behavior becomes, the quicker you can respond, and the more confident you will be when you do.

I’m not an expert on self-defense, which is why I’m not trying to pass on every last bit I learned in a technical sense, but I wanted to pass on the value I received just from taking a short, simple course on it.  It also inspired me to get in better shape, because if I need to run, I want to be able to run, run, and run.  I recommend searching the web for local organizations or courses to take, and if you aren’t able to find one, check with local support groups for victims of domestic violence and/or rape or local police stations for resources. Self-defense can be valuable to both women and men, from kids to adults to seniors.

Self-Defense Resources

Most Overrated & Underrated Lipstick Formula

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Lipstick Formula

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated LIPSTICKS.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: Chanel Rouge Cocos/Rouge Coco Shines–the latter I don’t like much at all, while the former is decent to good, but it’s not fantastic.
  • Most Underrated: Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge–excellent formula from start to finish.

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) silvery-gray with a purple tint and a frosted finish. When it’s dry, it’s rather sheer, and when you apply it wet, the finish becomes more metallic and the color payoff is much improved. MAC Hold That Pose! is browner. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is less metallic, browner. MAC Idol Eyes is somewhat similar, but the payoff is so terrible, it’s hard to be sure! What I liked about this shade was that it doesn’t seem to be readily dupeable (at least nothing I could think of). It’s a much more nuanced shade than much of the rest of the color range.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder. With Liquid Diamond, I had minor creasing after ten hours, which didn’t seem to worsen really, even after sixteen hours (see photo below). The color didn’t fade, either, over that sixteen hour time period–all without primer.  When I used primer, the results were better, and I didn’t have any creasing problems.

The way I feel about this product is that the color is unique enough to make sure to use over primer.  Generally, the more unique/appealing a color is to me, the more leeway I’ll give it everywhere else in how much I’m willing to pay, how hard I’m willing to work for it, etc. This opinion/philosophy is not included in the rating, but I thought I’d share.  My recommendation is to use this over a primer and with a damp brush to bring out the color and require less color packing.  I really appreciated that I didn’t have any fall out when I used this wet, even though it’s rather shimmery and didn’t go on as smoothly as some of the other shades in the range.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!